St. Andrews - not only golf and university
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This was our third visit to St.Andrews and the mainreason for this visit was the graduation of our son. The town has always captured me with its mixture of Scottish local touch from medieval time to modern international touch with Golf tournaments and due to the University people from all the world. This town is worth a visit even if you don't have any connection to the University or don't know a single word of the language of Golf.
The Cathedral, has an interesting story but today there are just ruins left, with its towers as a landmark. Walking along the port gives you pictures of small fishingboats lying on the banks at low tide while some hours later in full operation at high tide. The Pier is the venue for many student walks and on Sundays you might see them in their red robes, as a tradition.
Back in St Andrews it is of course a must to walk along the Old Course, the birthplace of Golf. Talking about the club house, they used to have a printed sign saying 'dogs and women prohibited' and still it looks very conservative. It sounds unreal, but it wasn't. Conterary, they have a modern golf museum worth a visit even if you not are a golf player.
The University of St Andrews founded 1413, is the first university in Scotland, and the third oldest in the Englishspoken world. Since the town itself is very small the big University dominates the scene. Three parallell streets is the centre of the town and they have many small cosy shops of all kind. Many of the houses looks like they have been there since the University was founded. Most of the buildings are in grey stone.